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Hey Everyone, this is Mr. K here. Just in case you missed it at the end of Acceleration TV #5 here’s a video short of LA Marzulli at America’s Stonehenge!

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Charlie Charlie – Hollywood is Clueless.

Charlie CharlieCommentary Analysis by L. A. Marzulli

http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/05/28/charlie-charlie-demon-summon-game-5-more-demons/

Boo! Charlie Charlie may be the newest spirit on the block, but before he started to freak people out, there was a whole bunch of ghouls and ghosts being summoned. If Charlie Charlie isn’t answering your calls, grab your Ouija board and get spooky. HollywoodLife.com has 5 more creatures you can conjure up!

 (Caution Tabloid)

This article shows how clueless Hollywood can be, as it actually lists 5 demons that people can conjure using either a Ouija board or through the latest craze, The Charlie Charlie Challenge.  As you can read from the first line of the article, the author makes light of summoning the demonic and tells his readers to get spooky.  In my opinion this is a classic case of the blind leading the blind.  I wonder what would happen if a demonic entity manifested in his room?  What would he do?

I have been in the presence of the demonic manifesting enough times to know that it can be very uncomfortable.  I’m not an expert and don’t seek-out doing deliverances, but if they present themselves to me, if someone seeks out my help at a conference, or through an email, I will, after pray, engage.

I remember one time when I was rebuking a demon possessed woman, as the demon came out, it screamed, I’ll kill your children!  I immediately rebuked it and told it in no uncertain terms, no you won’t.  Then there’s the incident that happened with Chief Joseph Riverwind, by a lake in Minnesota.  We had just finished eating a nice dinner and were sitting on a bench, that overlooked a peaceful lake that was directly across the street.  We were talking about the things that The Lord was doing in our lives.  Suddenly Chief froze and said, did you hear that?  I replied that I hadn’t heard anything as my hearing i isn’t what it used to be.

Chief Joseph told me that this teenager spoke to us in a hoarse voice and stated: L. A. we know who you are.

Remember, no one knows that we are here on a research mission.  Yet, the demons in the teenage boy called me out by name.  We got up and immediately began to pray and the moment we mentioned Jesus, out loud the young man covered his ears and ran away.  Later when he returned we confronted him again and this time he tried to cast out the Holy Spirit from us.  He also spoke in what is called a twilight language, a demonic tongue.

The supernatural realm is real and the demons who dwell there have one mission, to rob, kill and destroy anyone they can.  As I warned a few days ago, there are innocent teenagers who will dabble in this and their lives may be ruined.  Think of the two  girls who wanted to live with Slenderman.  They tried to kill one of their classmates as an offering and face murder charges for their efforts.  http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/slender-man-stabbing

In closing today post.  The five demons that are listed in the article are not to be trifled with.  Conjuring, or using Ouija boards or the Charlie Charlie method are as old as the Bible, or as I call it, The Guide book to the Supernatural.  We are admonished not to engage these entities as they have one purpose and it is to deceive and eventually destroy those who summon them.  As  believers in Yeshua/Jesus we have power over the demonic realm, in His name.  We are strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  We put on the armor of the living God and do battle when we are faced with the demonic.  As I said in my earlier post.  Teach your children and your grandchildren what this new game really is and warn them if they are faced with the Charlie Charlie challenge to: rebuke first and ask questions later.  Run to the nearest exit and leave the house!  Let’s warn our kids of what is really going on, if we don’t some knucklehead who doesn’t have a clue about the supernatural world will be telling our kids it’s OK to summon demons and in fact here are five more you can conjure up. Last days anyone?  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  1 Timothy 4:1

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As I Stated on Acceleration Radio last night.  We are asking for help with Watchers 9.

Here’s why.  We lost 4 of our major vendors last year and thus, were not able to monetize Watchers 8 as the budget for that show was in excess of 28K.  If you believe in what we’re doing please help!

In return we’ll send you Watchers 9, once it’s completed, as well as our best-selling book Further Evidence!

Thanks.  You can donate by going to the top of this page and clicking the donation button! L. A.

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January 16 17 – Prophecy Conference California – with Chuck Missler Bob Cornuke! Details soon! Church of the Rock – Riverside California! http://www.rockchurchsr.org/CONFERENCE.html
March 12-15: Lion Heart Ministries in Knoxville Tennessee.  http://www.lionheartministries.org/calendar_conf_NephilimAgenda.php
March 15th: LA Marzulli will minister at Lakewind Church’s Sunday morning service (the conference venue – see above link).
March 18th: Calvary Chapel East Albuquerque
March 20: Farmington – Dine’s Baptist Church 3396 Hwy 62 – Waterflow NM
April 16 – 19:  Northeast Prophecy Summit – http://www.northeastprophecysummit.org/
 April 21! UPARS – Studio City – Los Angeles – Studio City at 12355 Moorpark Ave., 91604. http://www.meetup.com/UPARS-Los-Angeles/
April 24-26: Memphis Tennessee – http://www.watchersconference.com
April 28h: Nashville! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invasion-featuring-guest-authorlecturer-la-marzulli-tickets-15929991032
May 1-3 : Calvary Chapel Kennebec Valley located in Fairfield Maine!  www.cckennebecvalley.org

July 24 – 25 – Church of His Presence – Daphne Alabama – http://churchofhispresence.org/

September 12: Nephilm Mounds III – Russ Dizdar, Gary Stearman, Chief Joseph Riverwind – Fritz Zimmerman L. A. Marzulli!   http://www.nephilimmounds3.com

Just Added!  October 23-26 – Atlanta – W/ Pastor Caspar McCloud! www.freedomslightchurchofgod.org 

Just Added !  November 6 -8: Fairton Christian Center – Southern New Jersey!  fairton.org

To book L. A. Marzulli please email him at la@lamarzulli.net 

L. A. Marzulli shares the platform with a variety of speakers with many different world views. Marzulli does not endorse anyones world view unless specifically noted

Article source: https://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/charlie-charlie-hollywood-is-clueless/


Politinerds: Bill Karins

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Our guest this week on Politinerds is probably already familiar to you if your normal news consumption includes either NBC, CNBC, MSNBC or The Weather Channel. Bill Karins is their chief meteorologist, but he mixes things up sometimes in politics and popular culture when he guest hosts on Way Too Early. But let’s get the inevitable question out of the way. Being a scientist who has studied such matters all his life, does Bill get into the global warming question? Why yes he does. And you might be surprised by at least some of his conclusions.

But before we dive into that we learn a bit about Bill’s history, including the many places where he’s worked. Oh… and you know that poor schmuck that the news stations always send out on the beach when the hurricane is blowing in or out to stand in the path of the approaching tornado just to get the exciting camera shot? Yep. Bill has been that guy, both for hurricanes and tornadoes. He tells us what that was like, as well as how he started reporting on the weather in second grade.

Remember, the show is now available on iTunes so you can catch up with us as soon as new episodes air. And for you non-iTunes users, there’s still the archive of all our previous shows.

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Sagging economy: Q1 GDP revised downward to -0.7%

Get ready to hear a lot about supposedly harsh winter weather in supposedly the warmest year on record, and port closings in a period where imports seemed to have no trouble coming on shore. The ballooning trade deficit contributed to a red-ink first quarter, according to the second estimate from the Commerce Department:

The world’s largest economy hit a bigger ditch in the first quarter than initially estimated, held back by harsh winter weather, a strong dollar and delays at ports.

Gross domestic product in the U.S. shrank at a 0.7 percent annualized rate, revised from a previously reported 0.2 percent gain, according to Commerce Department figures issued Friday in Washington. The median forecast of 84 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.9 percent drop. By contrast, the report also showed incomes climbed, fueling the debate on whether GDP is being underestimated.

A swelling trade gap subtracted the most from growth in 30 years as the appreciating dollar caused exports to slump while imports rose following the resolution of labor disputes at West Coast ports. Federal Reserve officials are among those who believe the setback in growth will be temporary, helping explain why they are considering raising interest rates this year.

It’s the second below-zero Q1 in a row, both of which were blamed on weather despite seasonal adjustments to data. The Q1 results follow a less-than-spectacular Q4, though, and look more like a trend when considering the most recent economic indicators. The excuse about the port closings look pretty threadbare, since imports actually increased by 5.6%. How did those imports get into the country if the port closings created the 7.6% decline in exports? Magic containers?

This time, personal consumer expenditures (PCEs) took a slightly bigger hit than first thought, dropping from 1.9% in the initial estimate to 1.8%. That slowdown occurred even while prices declined by 1.6% in Q1, and while disposable income grew 5.3%. Personal income in Q4 also got upwardly revised from $94.5 billion to $117.2 billion, which means that income pressures didn’t create the consumer slowdown. Whatever small amount of dynamism this recovery has seen came primarily from PCEs, and the decline there doesn’t bode well for 2015.

What’s more, the numbers reflect a sunnier estimate than perhaps it should be, thanks to inventory growth. Real final sales of domestic product, which disregards inventory adjustments, fell 1.1%, more than the overall GDP. Furthermore, while private investment increased a wan 0.12% in Q1, the biggest increase in that category was in transportation equipment. The key indicators of business investment, including non-residential structures (-0.67%) and information technology (-0.18%), turned downward.

When both businesses and consumers start acting as if a storm is coming, it may be time to reach for the umbrella — or choose another route.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2015/05/29/sagging-economy-q1-gdp-revised-downward-to-0-7/


Charity begins at home: Bill Clinton shakes down school-building fund for $500K

Remember this the next time a Clinton apologists wonders why Republicans are attacking their family “charity.” The former director of a charity dedicated to building schools in impoverished nations tells the New York Times’ Deborah Sontag that she tried to get the Clinton Foundation and its celebrity leaders involved in a fund-raising effort in New York City, but kept getting rejected. Only after agreeing to shell out a half-million dollars and an award for Bill Clinton did he agree to participate:

Happy Hearts Fund first asked Mr. Clinton to be its honoree in 2011. Trying again in 2013, Ms. Nemcova sent her first formal letter of invitation in July, asking Mr. Clinton to be the primary award recipient at a Happy Hearts gala on Nov. 4, 2013, celebrating Indonesia.

Mr. Clinton’s scheduler replied with a cordial rejection — “Regrettably, he is committed to another event out of town that same evening” — in an email copied to Frank Giustra, the Canadian mining financier who is one of the Clinton Foundation’s largest donors and also a supporter of Ms. Nemcova.

Ms. Nemcova subsequently met with officers at the Clinton Foundation, Ms. Veres Royal said. Afterward, she said, “Petra called me and said we have to include an honorarium for him — that they don’t look at these things unless money is offered, and it has to be $500,000.”

The cost of the honorarium was more than the cost of the event itself, which came to less than $400,000 otherwise. The event raised $2.5 million, but Sontag notes that the fundraiser was less successful than the previous year, despite the addition of Bill Clinton to the program. It diverted money away from the sponsor of the fundraiser to a different charity entirely. Given what’s known of the Clinton Foundation’s pass-through rate, it’s safe to say that donors might be a little miffed that some of their money went elsewhere that night.

How common is it for fundraisers like this to pay honoraria to featured guests? It’s unusual on this scale, especially for someone supposedly acting on behalf of another charity, says an expert contacted by Sontag. In fact, he considers this transaction “distasteful”:

“This is primarily a small but telling example of the way the Clintons operate,” said Doug White, who directs the master’s program in fund-raising management at Columbia University. “The model has responsibility; she paid a high price for a feel-good moment with Bill Clinton. But he was riding the back of this small charity for what? A half-million bucks? I find it — what would be the word? — distasteful.”

Laura Ingraham remembers when Democrats railed about Mitt Romney spending his own money on a car elevator as the height of One Percenter arrogance:

Hey, I’m old enough to recall when Democrats spent two months attacking Ann Romney over her horses. In both cases, the Romneys spent their own money on it rather than shaking down charities for honoraria to fund those activities, and the dressage was at least in part therapeutic for Ann’s chronic illnesses.

Interestingly, Nemcova’s status as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative didn’t appear to make much difference in the price. The Hill notes that she pays $20,000 a year to retain that status, but that it’s paid off in other ways. She’s used her CGI contacts to fund schools through the Inter-American Development Bank, in which the United States is one of 48 nations in partnership. Those funds seem to originate in the post-quake relief efforts at IADB, which set aside $2.2 billion in grants for rebuilding infrastructure, including schools. CGI, as an NGO, would have no direct role in the assignment of those grants. Those grants are supposed to get approval through project team leaders at IADB, a strictly internal process. CGI lists a few projects it has through IADB, and it would be interesting to know exactly how that mechanism works for CGI partners to gain access to those funds — and whether there is a price for that, too.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2015/05/29/charity-begins-at-home-bill-clinton-shakes-down-school-building-fund-for-500k/


May 28- Carla Butaud

Powerful Minister Carla Butaud joins me for a powerful teaching on complex relationships with Mom and Dad.

Receive healing today from woundedness, betrayal, rejection, abandonment and all deep rooted issues stemming from childhood. 

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/may-28-carla-butaud/


May 29- Doug and Joe Hagmann

The father-son investigative duo Doug Joe Hagmann provide listeners information about current events and historical topics that transcend the political right-left paradigm and delve into the real issues behind the sugar-coated news. This unique detective duo use their investigative abilities and resources to aggressively research and report on issues left untouched by the corporate media and those that exist beyond the scope of the non-traditional media. The show addresses many issues once considered mere fodder for “conspiracy theorists,”. 

Listen to their show weeknights at 8pm EST.

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/may-29-doug-and-joe-hagmann/


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The Charlie Charlie Challenge — Contacting the Demonic

Charlie CharlieCommentary Analysis

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L. A. Marzulli

Note: Thanks to the folks who made me aware of this story! I would not look at the videos on the link!  Just read the text but do not play the video as they are recordings of the actual occult activity.  L. A. 

Have you heard of the Charlie Charlie Challenge? It’s the latest social media craze to go viral.

The challenge is a cross between “Bloody Mary” and Ouija, and participants try to summon a demon named Charlie.

http://fox59.com/2015/05/26/teens-try-to-summon-demon-in-new-social-media-craze-charlie-charlie-challenge/

 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

1 Timothy 4: 1

The prophecy above was written thousands of years ago and has been collecting dust in our Bibles, i.e. The Guidebook to the Supernatural, for almost two millennia.  Now, in 2015 the latest Internet craze is the Charlie Charlie Challenge.  Those foolish enough to engage in this are getting a lot more than they bargained for, as this is yet another way to open the doorway to the demonic.  The problems is that the kids have no idea of what  they are getting into.

Last year at Christmas time the number one item being sold in the stores were Ouija boards.  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas/gifts/ouija-boards-are-the-musthave-gift-this-christmas-fuelled-by-a-schlock-horror-film-9885749.html

The manufacturers even made pink boards for the girls.  When I was in my early twenties I engaged in the Ouija board with two friends.  We were sitting in a room and our hands were on the planchette.  To the left of me was a white wall.  The room suddenly grew very cold and a black hole appeared in the wall, just as the planchette spelled out the name Ashtaroth.  At the time none of us had ever heard of that name.  We threw the board to the floor and ran out of the room terrified.  This was a decade before I became a Christian.  I have learned since who Ashtaroth was/is.

http://www.icr.org/books/defenders/1288

In the 1960’s the western world had the greatest influx of Occult literature and Eastern mysticism in modern times.  Thousands of Hippies—my generation—left their Christian roots and began to seek the so-called wisdom of the Occult, India, and new age gurus.  It comes as no surprise that this latest occult activity has overtaken our young people.

So here’s the warning.  Make sure your kids and grandkids understand that by engaging in this “game” they are using the same techniques occultists have used for thousands of years.  They are opening themselves up to inter-dimensional entities i.e. demons, which I believe are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim, destroyed in the Flood of Noah. My people perish for lack of knowledge! 

In closing todays post.  The Charlie Charlie Challenge, is yet another way to indoctrinate our youth into the demonic world.  This is serious stuff and can lead to all sorts of demonic activity including possession, oppression, objects moving in the house, and every sort of evil manifesting.  When we held the first Nephilim Mounds conference, the pastor who hosted us, told us of demonic activity all through Newark, Ohio and how he was ill-equipped to deal with it.  The demonic is real and the prophetic warnings should be heeded to the utmost.  Have your kids learn about putting on the armor of God and if they are confronted with this “game” have them rebuke it in the name of Jesus and leave the area.  

What was written will come to pass.  What was foretold will unfold.  L.A. 

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As I Stated on Acceleration Radio last night.  We are asking for help with Watchers 9.

Here’s why.

We lost 4 of our major vendors last year and thus, were not able to monetize Watchers 8 as the budget for that show was in excess of 28K.

If you believe in what we’re doing please help!

In return we’ll send you Watchers 9, once it’s completed, as well as our best-selling book Further Evidence!

Thanks.

You can donate by going to the top of this page and clicking the donation button!

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January 16 17 – Prophecy Conference California – with Chuck Missler Bob Cornuke! Details soon! Church of the Rock – Riverside California! http://www.rockchurchsr.org/CONFERENCE.html
March 12-15: Lion Heart Ministries in Knoxville Tennessee.  http://www.lionheartministries.org/calendar_conf_NephilimAgenda.php
March 15th: LA Marzulli will minister at Lakewind Church’s Sunday morning service (the conference venue – see above link).
March 18th: Calvary Chapel East Albuquerque
March 20: Farmington – Dine’s Baptist Church 3396 Hwy 62 – Waterflow NM
April 16 – 19:  Northeast Prophecy Summit – http://www.northeastprophecysummit.org/
 April 21! UPARS – Studio City – Los Angeles – Studio City at 12355 Moorpark Ave., 91604. http://www.meetup.com/UPARS-Los-Angeles/
April 24-26: Memphis Tennessee – http://www.watchersconference.com
April 28h: Nashville! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invasion-featuring-guest-authorlecturer-la-marzulli-tickets-15929991032
May 1-3 : Calvary Chapel Kennebec Valley located in Fairfield Maine!  www.cckennebecvalley.org

July 24 – 25 – Church of His Presence – Mobile Alabama – http://churchofhispresence.org/

September 12: Nephilm Mounds III – Russ Dizdar, Gary Stearman, Chief Joseph Riverwind – Fritz Zimmerman L. A. Marzulli!   http://www.nephilimmounds3.com

Just Added!  October 23-26 – Atlanta – W/ Pastor Caspar McCloud! www.freedomslightchurchofgod.org 

Just Added !  November 6 -8: Fairton Christian Center – Southern New Jersey!  fairton.org

To book L. A. Marzulli please email him at la@lamarzulli.net 

L. A. Marzulli shares the platform with a variety of speakers with many different world views. Marzulli does not endorse anyones world view unless specifically noted

Article source: https://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/the-charlie-charlie-challenge-contacting-the-demonic/


May 27- Gerald Celente & Ken Shortgen

World renowned trends analyst, Gerald Celente  weighs in on everything the economy, all things financial and what people need to prepare for most.

 

Ken Schortgen is a writer for the Examiner, and Daily Economist, and Roque Money and writes incredible geopolitical financial analyses, with a keen perspective on all facets of the financial world.

 

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/may-27-gerald-celente/


The #GamerGate saga continues with assassins, expulsions, and bomb threats

I mentioned #GamerGate briefly in my last post, and no doubt some readers were thinking “wait, that’s still going on?”  (For those of you saying “I still have no idea what that is”, check out this piece I wrote way back when to boil it down to the bare necessities.)

Yes #GamerGate continues on unabated, having evolved into a full blown Internet subculture fighting on the front lines of the culture war.  Their latest effort to reestablish some sense of ethics in the media was launching deepfreeze.it, a site dedicated to keeping track of the conflicts of interest and various shenanigans of the gaming press.

Those shenanigans not only include outright ethics violations, but also attempts to force industry players to conform to certain ideologies, like the constant harping on Ubisoft for not including enough female characters in their Assassin’s Creed series of video games.  Last year one of the biggest controversies in gaming was the revelation that Assassin’s Creed Unity would include multiplayer, but not a female character model.  After claiming they cut the female character for budgetary reasons, Ubisoft was lambasted in the gaming press for their excuses.

But now Ubisoft has finally added a playable female character to share the lead role in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, so everyone’s thrilled they’re making their games more diverse, right? Haha no, of course not.  Here’s Edward Smith at the International Business Times asking “Is Ubisoft exploiting feminism for easy PR?”

The announcement this week that the new Assassin’s Creed, entitled Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, would feature a playable female as well as male protagonist smacks, to me, not of an industry that genuinely cares about women, but one that is prepared to use them for the sake of publicity.

The fact that “female characters will be playable” is a press release at all – that Ubisoft, the game’s developer, felt it pertinent to drip release that information – makes me feel as if women, especially in this case, have become a cynical kind of marketing tactic, deployed to whip up online chatter between GamerGate sexists, and make the rest of us normal people simply feel a bit warm and fuzzy.

Proving once again that appeasing the perpetually offended doesn’t work.  That’s something Micheal Koretzky from the Society of Professional Journalists seems to be learning as well.  He decided he would not be deterred by concerns about hacking and threats like his colleagues, and he has taken it upon himself to set up a debate between the two sides of #GamerGate in order to hash this all out once and for all.  Unfortunately, like so many before him, he’s discovering that nobody opposing #GamerGate is the least bit interested in a discussion of any kind, despite the fact that he asked the #GamerGate folks to publicly denounce harassment (again) to drown out the hateful voices supposedly spooking the opposition.

In fact the opposition isn’t even interested in allowing gamers to get together for drinks in the real world. When Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos and AEI’s Christina Hoff Sommers hosted a #GamerGate meetup at a bar in Washington D.C., the bar was bombarded with demands they not host the “hate group.” When that didn’t work, somebody called in a bomb threat.  Our friend Allan Bourdius of Their Finest Hour was there, and you can read his account of the events here.

Not that it’s deterred #GamerGate in the slightest. They’ve planned meetups across the country in response, one of which will be held in LA near the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). That will be an especially interesting one to watch because not only is E3 one of the biggest video game-related events of the year, but as the Daily Caller reported, a pro-#GamerGate group already got kicked out of and banned from a convention for nebulous reasons.  Then when they decided to meet fans in a public space nearby, the convention even called the cops on them.  The group is now suing, because #GamerGate supporters just won’t back down.

The Right, and especially the GOP, could do well to learn from #GamerGate’s example, as they have spent almost 9 months now driving the far left absolutely crazy with their inability to be broken, bullied, or even budged.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2015/05/27/the-gamergate-saga-continues-with-assassins-expulsions-and-bomb-threats/


One person, one and a half votes?

The Supreme Court has agreed to take on a thorny, if somewhat constitutionally wonky case which could have a huge impact on state legislatures across the nation after the 2020 census. They will be tasked with coming up with a ruling and a definition of the phrase, “one person, one vote.” As the New York Times is reporting, the question deals with some intangibles which will be difficult to define.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a case that will answer a long-contested question about a bedrock principle of the American political system: the meaning of “one person one vote.”

The court has never resolved whether that means that voting districts should have the same number of people, or the same number of eligible voters. The difference matters in places with large numbers of people who cannot vote legally, including immigrants who are here legally but are not citizens; unauthorized immigrants; children; and prisoners.

The new case, Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, is a challenge to voting districts for the Texas Senate brought by two voters, Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger. They are represented by the Project on Fair Representation, the small conservative advocacy group that has mounted earlier challenges to affirmative action and to a central part of the Voting Rights Act.

It’s not surprising that the case came out of Texas because they have one of the larger populations of legal residents (well, some of them at least) who are ineligible to vote because they are not citizens. And that’s what this case comes down to. While not consistent in every state, most congressional districts are chopped up in a way which puts roughly the same number of people in each one. (That number is currently somewhere around 700K.) If you live in a district where virtually every adult is eligible to vote, then you essentially have one vote per person. But if you live in a district with a huge population of unqualified voters, then fewer people wind up deciding things, giving each of their votes a proportionally greater amount of influence.

Doug Mataconis makes no predictions, but sees big changes on the horizon if the justices agree with the plaintiffs.

[W]hatever the Court decides here is likely to have widespread implications not just inside Texas, but well beyond there. Ultimately, it is likely to spark a whole new round of litigation over Congressional redistricting after the 2020 Census, which may be one reason why the Court would be likely to establish a clear rule in its decision rather than a standard that would just be open to further litigation. Legislators will need to begin drawing new district boundaries as soon as the Census results are available, and Judges who will be asked to review those districts in the inevitable lawsuits are going to need a clear guideline. Otherwise, the Court will just be dealing with this all over again.

I’m not sure that the court is going to take the requested action here, but not because the case is without merit. Sometimes, whether we like it or not, the court is faced with questions which seem to deserve a resolution but there is no effective remedy possible. It’s rare, but that may be what they’ll be dealing with here. Demanding that the states divide up their districts based on eligible voters looks like a task which makes cleaning King Augeas’ stables seem simple by comparison. The first reason is that the census is not accurate. It’s a close approximation at best. Counting the homeless, the frequently moving renters and those “living in the shadows” or off the grid is a massive challenge. And even if you had an accurate count of the total number of heads, how many of them are in prison, on parole or otherwise ineligible for reasons of having committed a felony? How many are illegal immigrants? For that matter, how many will die before the next census? And none of this addresses the question of low population states like Wyoming. They have a single district with less than 600K people, so all of their votes are worth more than the rest of ours by definition.

On the other side of the coin, among those who are currently ineligible, how many will finish their prison terms and regain the right to vote? How many will complete the naturalization process? The list goes on and it’s a dizzying problem to even contemplate. I suppose the court could say something vague along the lines of demanding that the state make their “best effort” to determine the numbers, but then you’re just in line for an endless series of lawsuits from plaintiffs who claim that the best effort in question wasn’t good enough or was corrupted by biased politicians.

I just don’t see how such a ruling is enforceable. But a best guess estimate of the total population is at least manageable and provides a consistent rule. The court may have bitten off more than they can chew on this one.

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Obama “strongly” urges Senate to get back to D.C. and renew surveillance powers

President Obama is still pounding the drum for NSA surveillance powers that have been hung up in Congress. Without legislation, key portions of the PATRIOT Act, including the section that NSA argues authorizes cellphone metadata collection, will expire at midnight on Sunday night. Obama wants a partial replacement created by the House to get a vote in the Senate:

“The House of Representatives did its work and came up with what they’ve called the USA Freedom Act, which strikes an appropriate balance; our intelligence communities are confident that they can work with the authorities that are provided in that act; it passed on a bipartisan basis and overwhelmingly. It was then sent to the Senate. The Senate did not act.”

Sen. McConnell is calling the Senate back into session on Sunday, but it does not look like he can actually move legislation in time to prevent a lapse. He would need unanimous consent to proceed, but why would Sen. Paul go along with that? This and drones are Paul’s top 2016 issues, and he has broad support for killing the PATRIOT Act even if there is no replacement for surveillance powers. Here’s Paul:

“Five days,” Paul wrote in a Tuesday message to supporters. “That’s how long you and I have until the U.S. Senate meets in a rare Sunday session on May 31st where surveillance state apologists will do everything they can to RAM through an extension of the so-called ‘PATRIOT Act’s’ ILLEGAL and unconstitutional domestic spying programs.”

“I’m not backing down. I’m not going to compromise. I’m going to stand and fight until the very last moment — regardless of the smears and attacks I face,” Paul wrote in the email.

Oh, by the way, the telephone companies will continue to store and preserve cellphone metadata even if the PATRIOT Act is allowed to expire. It just won’t be immediately turned over to NSA for storage as well. I’m sure it’ll be no problem for NSA to reacquire that information when the House and Senate eventually work out a compromise—perhaps even in the cutely-named USA Freedom Act.

While we’re talking about Paul, he had a fun comment at a book store in New York yesterday: “Snowden and Clapper should be in the same cell, talking about liberty and security.” This has long been a theme for Paul, who insists that Clapper’s misleading testimony to Congress is a worse crime than Snowden’s.

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May 26- Dr. Ted Broer

Nutritionist and biochemist Dr. Ted Broer discusses the long term dangers of eating toxic foods, sold to us by multinational corporations. He outlines ten items that he believes it is especially important to avoid in order to maintain good health. Ted also highlights various other dangers in our atmosphere, immunizations, and how GMOs are adversely affecting human DNA. YOU WILL LEARN THE TOP  10 FOODS NEVER TO EAT!!

 

 

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/may-26-ted-broer/


May 27- Gerald Celente

World renowned trends analyst, Gerald Celente  weighs in on everything the economy, all things financial and what people need to prepare for most.

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/may-27-gerald-celente/


May 15- Dave Hodges

Popular talk show host and writer host Dave Hodges from The Common Sense Show joins Sheila for a riveting connection of Jade Helm military exercise set to take place this summer and how it is linked to some other very nefarious agendas, such as the TPP, Agenda 21. Is martial law in America here?  what you’re not being told about it.

 

 

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/march-15-dave-hodges/


May 25-Dr. Danny Morano

Everything you ever wanted to know about demons but were afraid to ask 

Dr. Danny Morano joins Sheila to shed powerful light on what are demons, where did they come from, how they operate and how Christians can be set free from oppression, affliction and tornment. 

Danny is the Author of many books including Who Are the Aliens. He inspires and encourages Christians to move beyond the habit and practice of mere church attendance and activity, religious spectatorship and self interest, which have been the seeds of the present complacency and spiritual decline in our postmodern culture, but to move into a powerful Holy Spirit filled life of  discipleship demonstrating power and authority in Jesus name.

Check out Danny’s radio program

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/may-25-dr-danny-morano/


May 26- Ted Broer

Nutritionist and biochemist Ted Broer discusses the long term dangers of eating toxic foods, sold to us by multinational corporations. He outlines ten items that he believes it is especially important to avoid in order to maintain good health. Ted also highlights various other dangers, such as what chemtrails are putting into our atmosphere, immunizations, and how GMOs are adversely affecting human DNA. He suggested that Americans haven’t woken up to these issues because of a “normalcy bias” in which “no one wants to believe that the food is that bad…that the United States government allows this food to be that bad,” or that the west is #1 in diabetes, cancer, and heart disease rates among industrialized nations.

Article source: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/may-26-ted-broer/


Acceleration TV – Episode #5 – America’s Stone Henge!

As I Stated on Acceleration Radio last night.  We are asking for help with Watchers 9.

Here’s why.

We lost 4 of our major vendors last year and thus, were not able to monetize Watchers 8 as the budget for that show was in excess of 28K.

If you believe in what we’re doing please help!

In return we’ll send you Watchers 9, once it’s completed, as well as our best selling book Further Evidence!

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January 16 17 – Prophecy Conference California – with Chuck Missler Bob Cornuke! Details soon! Church of the Rock – Riverside California! http://www.rockchurchsr.org/CONFERENCE.html
March 12-15: Lion Heart Ministries in Knoxville Tennessee.  http://www.lionheartministries.org/calendar_conf_NephilimAgenda.php
March 15th: LA Marzulli will minister at Lakewind Church’s Sunday morning service (the conference venue – see above link).
March 18th: Calvary Chapel East Albuquerque
March 20: Farmington – Dine’s Baptist Church 3396 Hwy 62 – Waterflow NM
April 16 – 19:  Northeast Prophecy Summit – http://www.northeastprophecysummit.org/
 April 21! UPARS – Studio City – Los Angeles – Studio City at 12355 Moorpark Ave., 91604. http://www.meetup.com/UPARS-Los-Angeles/
April 24-26: Memphis Tennessee – http://www.watchersconference.com
April 28h: Nashville! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invasion-featuring-guest-authorlecturer-la-marzulli-tickets-15929991032
May 1-3 : Calvary Chapel Kennebec Valley located in Fairfield Maine!  www.cckennebecvalley.org

July 24 – 25 – Church of His Presence – Mobile Alabama – http://churchofhispresence.org/

September 12: Nephilm Mounds III – Russ Dizdar, Gary Stearman, Chief Joseph Riverwind – Fritz Zimmerman L. A. Marzulli!   http://www.nephilimmounds3.com

Just Added!  October 23-26 – Atlanta – W/ Pastor Caspar McCloud! www.freedomslightchurchofgod.org 

Just Added !  November 6 -8: Fairton Christian Center – Southern New Jersey!  fairton.org

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Disarming the PC police: Chris Pratt’s pre-apology

It seems ever since #GamerGate kicked off last August the PC police have begun lashing out in every direction as if to compensate for their inability to cower gamers back into line.  Just a few days ago Jazz covered how an implied rape scene in the most recent Game of Thrones episode created an uproar, even though the show is full of nudity, sex, and of course, gratuitous and graphic violence against everybody.  “Never mind all that brutal murder, off-screen rape is where I draw the line!”

Just a couple weeks earlier there was a backlash against Avengers: Age of Ultron because Black Widow’s desire to have children apparently undermines her character in a way the skin-tight leather suit never did.  There was so much vitriol sent Joss Whedon’s way for this that when he left Twitter, everyone assumed angry feminists drove him off.  He later told BuzzFeed that was not the reason despite his explanation sounding quite a bit like it was.

That came after the Age of Ultron press tour, which raised the ire of the usual suspects when actors Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner joked in an interview the Black Widow character was a “slut” and “a complete whore” for her apparently changing love interests.  They both had to quickly issue their apologies, though Renner’s was considerably more tongue-in-cheek.  USA Today has all of that if you want a look back.

And it goes on and on. Scientists wear unacceptable shirts. Star Wars fans are racist for wondering about that black Stormtrooper. Yahoo even has people complaining that the new Supergirl series’ trailer is too girly and therefore sexist.

Well, Jurassic World star Chris Pratt decided he’s not waiting to be accused of some kind of -ism for a comment during the upcoming press junket for that film.  Instead, he issued a terribly amusing pre-apology on his Facebook page:

I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming ‪#‎JurassicWorld‬ press tour. I hope you understand it was never my intention to offend anyone and I am truly sorry. I swear. I’m the nicest guy in the world. And I fully regret what I (accidentally will have) said in (the upcoming foreign and domestic) interview(s).

I am not in the business of making excuses. I am just dumb. Plain and simple. I try. I REALLY try! When I do (potentially) commit the offensive act for which I am now (pre) apologizing you must understand I (will likely have been) tired and exhausted when I (potentially) said that thing I (will have had) said that (will have had) crossed the line. Those rooms can get stuffy and the hardworking crews putting these junkets together need some entertainment! (Likely) that is who I was trying to crack up when I (will have had) made that tasteless and unprofessional comment. Trust me. I know you can’t say that anymore. In fact in my opinion it was never right to say the thing I definitely don’t want to but probably will have said. To those I (will have) offended please understand how truly sorry I already am. I am fully aware that the subject matter of my imminent forthcoming mistake, a blunder (possibly to be) dubbed “JurassicGate” is (most likely) in no way a laughing matter. To those I (will likely have had) offended rest assured I will do everything in my power to make sure this doesn’t happen (again).

Looks like he picked up a few tricks from his character on how to tame raptors.  Funnily enough, Jurassic World has already been accused of sexism by none other than the aforementioned Joss Whedon*:

…and I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still? https://t.co/qqts4jpSva
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon)
April 10, 2015

No doubt Pratt’s apology will fail to pacify the rabid dinosaurs who will inevitably complain about how awful he and his movie are for not empowering women in the specific way they want to see this week, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching #GamerGate for these last 9 months or so is that laughing in the face of the perpetually offended like this utterly destroys them.  They simply don’t have the self-esteem to withstand it.

For years people have simply bent over for the PC police because it wasn’t worth the effort to fight with them and/or because most people genuinely don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings.  It seems those days of appeasement are finally coming to an end.

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(P.S. Thank you for the warm welcomes in the comments of the previous post.  Yes I am a guy, and no I am not Noah’s replacement, though I do hope to get to write here at HotAir with more frequency. Also you asked for more Sarjex, and she obliged. Please help her out by grabbing something from her store.)

*Since Whedon’s Twitter account is gone now, the link to the tweet no longer works

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Memorial Day 2015

As we pause today to honor the more than 650,00 Americans who gave the last full measure for their country, I hope that we can all appreciate the debt that we owe to the Honored Dead. This day is too somber for me to do it justice in words. Our family, like many of yours, has sent our youngest and best to defend our liberty and some of them did not return. Rather than attempting to improve on the work of others who are far more capable, I would instead offer a chance to look back at excerpts from the remarks of Ronald Reagan, more than thirty years ago, delivered at Arlington. It is worth remembering that Reagan delivered these remarks as he prepared to travel to the Soviet Union to negotiate a nuclear arms treaty. He was hoping for peace even as he made sure we were ready for war. And this speech demonstrated how Reagan understood the gravity of any decision to go into battle and the weight he bore on behalf of the soldiers he might have to send into harm’s way.

In America’s cities and towns today, flags will be placed on graves in cemeteries; public officials will speak of the sacrifice and the valor of those whose memory we honor.

In 1863, when he dedicated a small cemetery in Pennsylvania marking a terrible collision between the armies of North and South, Abraham Lincoln noted the swift obscurity of such speeches. Well, we know now that Lincoln was wrong about that particular occasion. His remarks commemorating those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” were long remembered. But since that moment at Gettysburg, few other such addresses have become part of our national heritage—not because of the inadequacy of the speakers, but because of the inadequacy of words.

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.

Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice…

The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery. One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GI’s of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way.

Winston Churchill said of those he knew in World War II they seemed to be the only young men who could laugh and fight at the same time. A great general in that war called them our secret weapon, “just the best darn kids in the world.” Each died for a cause he considered more important than his own life. Well, they didn’t volunteer to die; they volunteered to defend values for which men have always been willing to die if need be, the values which make up what we call civilization. And how they must have wished, in all the ugliness that war brings, that no other generation of young men to follow would have to undergo that same experience.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.

One particularly poignant picture has been making the rounds of social media again this year. It is claimed to be of Mary McHugh at the grave of her late fiancé, James Regan in Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2007.

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May they all rest in peace.

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Oakland protesters protest new protesting policy

The protesting industry is breaking new ground in Oakland, California. The city has seen its share of people out in the streets protesting the police in response to incidents in Cleveland, New York and elsewhere. As in other cities, this has led to disruptions and damage when people go beyond the public exercise of their first amendment rights and decide to turn a demonstration into a riot. One of many problems is the blocking of traffic, essentially shutting parts of the city down for hours on end. In response to this, city officials have established a new policy which would keep marchers on the sidewalks rather than in the middle of roadways and the police have been arresting or issuing citations to those who refuse to comply.

Obviously that wasn’t going to be a popular move, so now the protesters are protesting the policy.

Police made arrests as demonstrators marched in downtown Oakland to against the city’s new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests — the second such gathering in as many days.

Officers watched closely Sunday night as the protesters marched several blocks starting at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Spokeswoman Johnna A. Watson said about 100-150 marched before organizers ended the event, and then a group of 15-20 started another protest…

The Oakland Tribune reported Sunday that police cited a new policy by the city’s mayor to force protesters from the street to the sidewalk after Oakland experienced several violent demonstrations in the past year. Oakland has hosted rallies in the streets for years, but the mayor said the new policy is needed to combat damage to property and violence.

While the goal of the city officials may be noble, the way it was communicated and implemented was obviously flawed. There are objections being raised over the explanation offered, and for good reason. Saying that the policy is meant to “combat damage to property and violence” seems nonsensical. People in the middle of the street are arguably less able to cause damage (except possibly to cars) than those on the sidewalks within easy reach of shops and residences. But that doesn’t make it a bad policy… just a poorly articulated one.

The cops are dealing with two different typed of behavior when these protests take place. Looting, rioting and arson are serious and sometimes produce deadly results. But that is flat out crime at a big league level and needs to be crushed when and where it happens. It also has little or nothing to do with whether the rioters are on the sidewalks or in the streets. The problem the city seems to be trying to address here is the fact that the no justice no peace theory of protesting seems to have locked on to the idea of shutting down traffic as a legitimate form of free speech. But the laws say otherwise. In virtually any city across the nation you need to obtain a permit to have any sort of march or parade or other activity which will essentially shut down public transportation, as well as the movement of private vehicles and emergency responders. This allows the city to plan in advance, inform the public and arrange for alternate traffic routes. The people who choose to ignore those laws and close down the roadways are breaking the law and need to be removed.

And that’s exactly what Oakland seems to be doing. The problem is that they’re doing a terrible job of explaining it in a coherent fashion.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2015/05/25/oakland-protesters-protest-new-protesting-policy/


Judge Napolitano – This is Why I lost it on Last Nights Acceleration Radio – Bully for Rand Paul!

 

Buddies!Commentary Analysis

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L. A. Marzulli

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150522/us–congress_rdp-95d5f0f787.html

The legislation would allow Obama to make trade deals that Congress could either support or reject but not change. Previous presidents have had similar authority, and administration officials argue that Japan and other Pacific-region countries in a current round of 12-nation trade talks will be unwilling to present bottom-line offers if they know lawmakers can seek more concessions.

Take a good look at the picture to the left.  It says it all.  Nothing ever changes.  It’s Harry Read with a face-mask on.  It’s the same-ole- same ole and it doesn’t matter who you vote for or who controls the House and Senate.  It’s all a bunch of horse-pucky…. period!

Rand Paul stood up in the Senate and Filibustered for more than 10  hours.  He was calling for a closer look at the Patriot Act.  He was challenging the Washington Weasels!  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/opinion/rand-pauls-timely-takedown-of-the-patriot-act.html?_r=0

“I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged,” Mr. Paul declared. He conceded he might not have the votes to prevail, but said he would keep reminding the public of abuses like the government’s secret phone-data sweeps of American households that were finally declared illegal this month in federal court.

The Government has been collecting our phone calls, text messages and emails, all in the name of National Security.  As Paul declared, we’re not any safer because of it!

Then we have the glaring, tell-all ideological differences between Jeb Bush and Rand Paul.  Jeb declares that the Patriot Act is a good thing!

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418737/jeb-bush-rand-paul-wrong-about-patriot-act-joel-gehrke

Someone is right and someone is drastically wrong.  As for me and my house, I’ll throw my hat in the ring with Rand Paul.

Napolitano quotes Thomas Jefferson when he states:   A government is best that governs least.

I agree wholeheartedly, but now we have this bloated Federal Government which gobbles up TRILLIONS of dollars a year, has spread war throughout the world—think Afghanistan and Iraq here—and searches its citizens at airports, to make us “safer.”

Never mind that we are still allowing people from known terrorists states to immigrate to this county.  Double standard?

In closing todays post.  I love our country.  I believe that next to the Bible the Constitution may be the greatest document ever written.  I am a patriot.  I think Rand Paul has shown what he’s made of.  He stood up for our liberty.  He declared what many of the other senators know but are afraid to say it, that the Patriot Act is not patriotic but is an onerous law which intrudes upon the liberty of all Americans.

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January 16 17 – Prophecy Conference California – with Chuck Missler Bob Cornuke! Details soon! Church of the Rock – Riverside California! http://www.rockchurchsr.org/CONFERENCE.html
March 12-15: Lion Heart Ministries in Knoxville Tennessee.  http://www.lionheartministries.org/calendar_conf_NephilimAgenda.php
March 15th: LA Marzulli will minister at Lakewind Church’s Sunday morning service (the conference venue – see above link).
March 18th: Calvary Chapel East Albuquerque
March 20: Farmington – Dine’s Baptist Church 3396 Hwy 62 – Waterflow NM
April 16 – 19:  Northeast Prophecy Summit – http://www.northeastprophecysummit.org/
 April 21! UPARS – Studio City – Los Angeles – Studio City at 12355 Moorpark Ave., 91604. http://www.meetup.com/UPARS-Los-Angeles/
April 24-26: Memphis Tennessee – http://www.watchersconference.com
April 28h: Nashville! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invasion-featuring-guest-authorlecturer-la-marzulli-tickets-15929991032
May 1-3 : Calvary Chapel Kennebec Valley located in Fairfield Maine!  www.cckennebecvalley.org

Just Added! July 24 – 25 – Church of His Presence – Mobile Alabama – http://churchofhispresence.org/

 

September 12: Nephilm Mounds III – Russ Dizdar, Gary Stearman, Chief Joseph Riverwind – Fritz Zimmerman L. A. Marzulli!   http://www.nephilimmounds3.com

Just Added! September 19th – Prophecy Conference – Details soon

Just Added!  October 23-26 – Atlanta – W/ Pastor Caspar McCloud! www.freedomslightchurchofgod.org 

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We sure spent a lot on those awful TSA naked body scanners

Earlier this month, Jaie Avila of News4 San Antonio discovered that those full body scanners that were scrapped by TSA over privacy concerns in 2013 are being sold for a little as ten dollars, whereas the government spent $40 million, meaning a huge loss for taxpayers. To make matters worse, some scanners are brand new. They’re still in their original packaging (via News4):

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) paid $160,000 a piece for them, but we found them being auctioned off in San Antonio for as little as ten bucks.

Local government agencies can bid on surplus equipment the federal government no longer wants. Most of the stuff is old; furniture and computers, border patrol flashlights and other items the government got years of use out of. But in the middle of the warehouse, still sitting in the original boxes, we found six full-body airport scanners that have never been used.

“These are basically brand new,” said a warehouse employee.

But what does he mean by “basically?”

“They bought them and were going to use them, but never did,” he explained.

The TSA confirms the six we found are part of a larger group of 250 scanners YOU paid $40 million for, and is now trying to get rid of. About a third were never even used in airports. The ones that were used to screen passengers were taken out of service after about two years.

“Most taxpayers are not going to expect the government to be throwing away essentially $160,000 scanners – 40 million dollars’ worth of body scanners,” said Leslie Paige from Citizens Against Government Waste.

So why did TSA stop using the scanners?

It goes back to that controversy in 2010 when they were first unveiled. Congress agreed with passengers that the x-ray images the scanners showed of travelers were too graphic. So in 2012 it passed a law requiring new software that would reduce the resolution on the scanner displays.

But the company that made these scanners, Rapiscan, was unable to modify the software, so TSA scrapped all 250 and had to pay even more taxpayer money to replace them.

The Group Citizens Against Government Waste says TSA should have demanded a refund, or setup a pilot program before paying for the scanners.

“When you go out to procure $40 million dollars of equipment, it seems to me you would have gone out and done a little demonstration project. Tested the equipment. You might have put them in at a couple of airports. Tried it out first to see if it was going to cause a problem,” said Paige.

Oh, by the way, you’re really not being paranoid about TSA agents laughing at your anatomy; it allegedly happens in the coffee room, despite TSA statements to the contrary. The TSA cited the inability for the storage of images–and assured the public that images are deleted immediately after a scan (via Fox News, Jan. 2013):

When they were first introduced, the full-body scanners triggered fears that TSA workers might preserve the nude images they produce. But the agency insisted that images from the so-called “backscatter” machines “cannot be stored, transmitted or printed, and is deleted immediately once viewed. In fact, the machines have zero storage capability and there is a privacy filter applied to blur all images.”

But last month, an anonymous blogger who claims to be a former TSA agent answered a reader’s e-mail asking “What really happens in the TSA screening room?” Critics said the answer proved them right.

“Personally, in the I.O. room, I witnessed light sexual play among officers, a lot of e-cigarette vaping, and a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning in regard to some of your nude images, dear passengers,” the blogger wrote in a post that was widely circulated throughout the media.

TSA officials sought to downplay the fervor created by the blog, with a spokesman saying, “We expect all TSA officers to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Where violations of professionalism occur, appropriate corrective action is taken.”

Katie recently wrote about how the TSA has allegedly been engaging in sexual assaults across the country. It’s good to know we have creepy people in the TSA making sure everyone is properly screened before flying – said by no one.

**Crossposted at Townhall.com** 

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